Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 6th March 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:19am on Monday 6th March 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Fine and sunny
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
S 2m/s - W 6-10m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Very good
This report
Monday 6th March 2017, 8:19am
0cm
Sunday 5th March 2017, 8:33am 0cm
Saturday 4th March 2017, 8:44am 1cm
Friday 3rd March 2017, 8:32am 0cm
Thursday 2nd March 2017, 8:28am 0cm
Wednesday 1st March 2017, 8:33am 0cm
Tuesday 28th February 2017, 10:37am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 1cm
Last 14 reports (total): 59cm
Current month (March 2017) total: 1cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 606cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:19am on Monday 6th March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

The wind remained an issue yesterday which was a bit annoying (with the Jumbo Number 3 at Niseko Annupuri stopping just after 11am, and the Niseko Gondola at Niseko Village not managing the full afternoon), but there you go. I haven’t kept any ongoing notes on this but I don’t feel there has been more wind-related lift stoppages than usual this season; perhaps even less so. I’ll look back and check on that for my end-of-season round-up review in at the end of the season (in early May).

I wasn't out myself but my friend told me there was a bit of light snow falling at times yesterday.

No fresh cm to report this morning though and none on the Avalanche Report either.

It's a fine morning actually with the sun out and blue skies. A cold very early morning though it will likely warm up to somewhere around zero during the day, perhaps slightly above. There's a bit of a hazy feel to things looking over towards Mt Yotei, and we should be on for a day of fine weather. Finishing it off with the snow that is on the forecast would be a good way to end the day, so perhaps in my report tomorrow I'll have some fresh to report.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base -8℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -9℃, no snowfall, snowdrifts development. Annupuri 1159m: -14℃, W8m/s, no snowfall, 220cm snowpack. Hirafu 1250m: -14℃, W5m/s, no snowfall. Kamui cape lighthouse: W4m/s, 1009hPa, 1.6m waves.

The barometric pressure gradient is low and the weather is calm. Clear morning under a high-pressure zone. The new snowdrifts that developed overnight with the wind is relatively stable this morning. No notable instability has been observed. The cornices are heavy and are prone to fall. Better not make light of the risk. Highly wind-affected steep slopes have packed and soft slabs and shallow slides are likely to occur from March 3-4th and 6th layer. Caution is required when touring in Kozan no sawa (Backbowl), Nishi-One (West ridge), Higashi-One (East ridge). Better not traverse under cornices. The overall avalanche risk is low and all gates will open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol before stepping out of the gates.

The avalanche risk varies from the slope’s aspect, altitude and terrain features. The snow conditions changes everyday. Better be prudent and not underestimate the hazards. Deep layer avalanches (Feb 23rd or Feb 17th) are also to be considered in south facing strictly off-limits areas around 800m due to sun-affect. Leave those areas untouched.

This information is issued daily in hope to keep minimum safety in the out of bounds areas around the resorts.

Have a nice day.

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All areas should be open as normal this morning.

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Official resort snow depths as of Monday 6th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 330cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

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Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:19am on Monday 6th March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas should be open as planned this morning

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Season
2014/2015
Season
6th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
5th March 0cm 0cm 15cm
4th March 1cm 1cm 0cm
3rd March 0cm 9cm 3cm
2nd March 0cm 22cm 3cm
1st March 0cm 10cm 0cm
28th February 0cm 0cm 10cm
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January observed snowfall total 152cm 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total 160cm 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total 1cm 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 606cm 992cm 1144cm
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2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
1cm
[606cm]
-
[606cm]
-
[606cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
139cm
[1141cm]
3cm
[1144cm]
0cm
[1144cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
178cm
[1037cm]
113cm
[1150cm]
13cm
[1163cm]
0cm
[1163cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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